Man arrested in theft of $40,000 custom H-D from dealership

Publish Date: 
Mar 5, 2012

Authorities in Port Charlotte, Fla., today arrested a man for allegedly stealing a one-of-a-kind $40,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle from a dealership.

The owner of Black Widow Harley-Davidson reported the 2011 Harley Davidson FLTRX Touring Bike, called "The Beast," stolen at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 25. Employees heard the bike speed off on State Road 776 after a man was seen at the dealership talking to employees outside the service department, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.

Apparently Eric Charles "Tank" Briner, 33, never watched “CSI.” Deputies followed his trail after an employee reported a white Chevrolet Blazer has been in the parking lot since the theft. They found the owner, who said he had lent the Blazer to Briner and pointed them to his housesitting job.

There, deputies found a partially covered motorcycle in a backyard. They could see "The Beast" written on the back of the motorcycle. Briner's fingerprints were on the bike when it was recovered. Deputies found Briner this morning and took him to Charlotte County Jail.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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